Accessible only by charter plane, Ivvavik National Park is located in the extreme northwest corner of Yukon, above the Arctic Circle on the Beaufort Sea. Only approximately 100 visitors per year explore this 9,775 square kilometre, unglaciated expanse of tundra rising to craggy tors and the jagged, windswept ridgelines of the British Mountains.
The Firth, Canada’s oldest river, runs 130 kilometres from icy Margaret Lake to the legendary Beaufort Sea on the Arctic Ocean, offering rafters a two-week adventure with Class IV rapids and abundant wildlife, from grizzlies to king eider ducks. In late spring, majestic porcupine caribou migrate into the park en route to their calving grounds, earning Ivvavik its name, an Inuvialuit term for “nursery.”
With a remote, fly-in Arctic base camp at Sheep Creek and cultural sites dating back 9,000 years, not to mention 24 hours of daylight in the summer, Ivvavik National Park rewards visitors who make the journey north. And it’s an easier journey than many people think: Board a jet in Edmonton and you’ll be in Inuvik in time for a late lunch, making Ivvavik one of Canada’s most accessible Arctic national park experiences.